7 Surprising Benefits of Waking Up Early

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How To Say No To People (And Gain Their Respect For It)

You have to say “no” to a lot of good things, in order to be able to say “yes” to a lot of great things!

The magical internal feeling of saying “Yes” to someone.

It makes you feel important. Special even. After all, you are the go-to person for everyone around you. The one who has the solution to all problems. You hear the words “Thank you” and “I couldn’t have done it without you” on a consistent basis. Words that further fill you up with a sense of value, worth and an affirmation that you matter.

You are shooting your own productivity in the foot.

By making “no” a rare part of your dictionary you are putting other people’s needs ahead of yours. This is generally admirable, you are a nice human being and more people should be like you. However, your performance will suffer (if is not suffering already). Learning how to say “no” to people and opportunities is one of the most efficient skills you can develop.

Contrary to popular belief, saying “no” does not make you a not nice, or even a rude person. Not by a long shot. If done right, this simple word can make people respect you even more while simultaneously securing more time, focus, and energy for your own needs. [Read more…]

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A Week With No Facebook (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly)

I did the unthinkable.

I ditched Facebook, and all of social media for that matter, for an entire week.

Some of you are probably thinking “one week, what’s the big deal?” while others are cringing at the idea of not checking Facebook for even a couple of hours. Let me explain why I did it.

A social / productivity experiment.

The productive aspect: I am not the typical Facebook user who spends 15 hours per week scrolling through pictures, commenting and being “social”. However, I was still spending a good amount of time there so I wanted to see exactly how much and if I can invest that extra time into a more productive activity.

The social aspect: would the world stop spinning if I am not on Facebook? Would all my friends forget about me? Would I miss some “epic” event? Does that much actually happen in a week, or do we just kid ourselves about the importance of what our social network shares on Facebook? These were all questions that I was curious to answer.

Here is what I learned from one week with no Facebook. [Read more…]

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The Complete Guide to Eating For Energy

This is a guest post by Corina Tudose, MBA, FNC. She is the founder of Healthyvore, OfficeVitamins and three-times Amazon best selling author. You can read her blog and follow her on Twitter.

How often are these little tragedies part of your day?

  • You wake up more tired than you were when you went to bed
  • You start the day with all the motivation in the world to accomplish your to-do list, but it all goes out the window when the typical 2PM energy crash comes sets in
  • You consume all these great, energy-boosting drinks and snacks but the energy boost lasts for two hours or less
  • You work out, get enough Z’s, and yet your grandma has more energy than you

If you answered “always” or “too often”, then you have a serious case of reverse energymitosis (a condition that I named myself, but that is experienced by a lot of busy people and it deserves a cool name). [Read more…]